Mrs. Lori Bartholomew (Principal, Preschool Director, 5th-8th Grade Teacher)

Mrs. Bartholomew earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1980 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. She began her teaching career in the English Department at Huron Valley Lutheran High School in Westland, MI, later transitioning to teaching 5th grade at St. John’s Lutheran School in 1981. During her tenure, she coached girls’ volleyball, cheerleading, and basketball. After a period as a stay-at-home mom, she returned to teaching at Huron Valley Lutheran High School in 1994, then worked as a substitute teacher in the Wayne/Westland Public School system from 1996-1999. Mrs. Bartholomew returned to St. John’s in 1999 to teach 7th and 8th grade, eventually being called to serve as principal and athletic director in 2000, positions she still holds today.

Mrs. Lillian Henning (3rd-4th Grade Teacher, Athletic Director)

Mrs. Henning grew up in Linwood, MI and graduated from Michigan Lutheran Seminary in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 2018 from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. St. John’s has been her first call since and she has taught from 2nd grade up to 5th grade in her time here so far.

Mrs. Henning married her husband, John Henning, in June of 2018 and they were blessed with their first child, Adelaide, in November of 2019. In 2024 she is expecting a new addition! Mrs. Henning also enjoys taking photos of all church and school events, putting together the yearbook for the school, and playing in our church’s adult handbell choir.

Ms. Grace Cook (1st-2nd Grade Teacher)

Ms. Cook grew up in Waukesha, WI and graduated from Luther Prep School in Watertown, WI in 2016 with Ms. Parker. She followed her mother and sister’s footsteps and attended Martin Luther College to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education which she received in May 2020.

She was assigned to St. John’s to teach 1st grade and has been with us ever since. Ms. Cook loves teaching and often played “teacher” with her siblings and toys growing up. She has one brother at MLC pursuing the Pastor track and a one sister who teaches 2-4 grade in Chesaning, MI. Overall, Ms. Cook is spiritually and mentally prepared for the challenges of school life!

Mrs. Sharon Dorow (Kindergarten Teacher, Director of Choir and Handbells)

Mrs. Dorow earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1984 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Alongside raising three sons with her husband Eric, she initiated St. John’s Lutheran School’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 1986 and taught in the program for several years before becoming the Kindergarten teacher in 2001. Since 2009, Mrs. Dorow has taught 1st, 2nd, and Kindergarten grades at St. John’s, and she also directs various musical choirs at St. John’s Lutheran Church. She actively seeks workshops to stay updated on early education methods, embodying a loving, energetic, and enthusiastic teaching style. Her dedication to teaching extends to sharing the love of Jesus with her students.

Ms. Kenna Parker (Secretary)

Ms. Parker is an Air Force kid who moved a lot growing up. She has lived in Alaska, Florida, Pennsylvania, and now Michigan. She is an alumni of Luther Preparatory School’s graduating class of 2016 along with Ms. Cook.

Prior to LPS, she attended 9 different schools due to her dad’s job. She briefly attended Martin Luther College but changed degrees to a General Education degree from Harrisburg Area Community College.

She frequently attends St. Johns Lutheran Church and helps out with the technical operators during the church services. She hopes all of you can visit us!

St. Johns Lutheran Church and School, Westland MI

For over 135 years, St. John’s has been serving the people of Westland. We are a group of imperfect people united by a perfect God. We come from many different walks of life, but have been given the same mission. Jesus has shown us God’s love and we want to share that love with the world.

Together in the Word, we discover more joy than stress!

2023-2024 School Year

September 5th, 2023 – May 31st, 2024

School Hours

M-F: 8:00- 3:15
Sat-Sun: Closed

Closed all major holidays

For more information about St. John’s Lutheran School click below to visit the “Our School” section of the website.

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